The Award is open to financial student and ordinary members of Soil Science Australia with a PhD thesis granted by an Australian University in the previous calendar year. While the degree may not yet be conferred, the examination process must be completed and successful.
To be eligible, students must be a member of Soil Science Australia before their thesis is submitted.
Nominations must be made on the prescribed application form, available from the Federal Office or Soil Science Australia website at the beginning of each calendar year. Nominations must be submitted electronically to the Federal Secretary and the Federal Office before the closing date in the year in which the Medal is to be awarded.
Nominations are to be prepared nominator and a seconder.
The CG Stephens PhD Award is presented by the Federal President or proxy at each national conference held by Soil Science Australia or at another event determined by the Federal Council.
Charles G Stephens (1907 – 2002) was born and educated in Tasmania, completing a degree in science at the University of Tasmania. CG Stephens played a distinguished role in the establishment and health state of soil survey, classification and pedology in Australia. His participation in many surveys in all states means that he played a significant part in the development of regional Australia. C.G. Stephens was the first recipient of the J.A. Prescott Medal in 1972.